Nov 28, 2011

Inside Michigan Ross's Admissions Office

This post is one in a series of posts trying to decipher what happens once you click that "submit" button in the application portal of the top business schools. As told by the admissions directors themselves! Follow us on twitter and facebook to keep yourself updated with the next set of schools.

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What happens once applications are submitted?

Soojin Kwon Koh, Director of admissions and financial aid at Ross - At Ross, once we first receive applications, we review and evealuate candidate's academic (i.e., institution, major, undergrad GPA, and course rigor; GMAT/GRE score; and, TOEFL / IELTS test score for non-native English speakers) as well as an professional work experience. The logic for first looking at these two elements is that we want to have a high degree of confidence and certainity that the candidate can be academically successful in the rigorous MBA program that we have at Ross and will have the required experience and knowledge to contribute to discussions in the class and team projects.

At Ross, the initial review, as described above, drives our preliminary invites for interview list. Some  candidates may be put on the invite list early on in the process while others may get added later during the process. The timing when a candidate is placed on the interview invitation list doesn’t impact the timing of the interview invitation or the final decision nor is it an indicator of an candidate's likelihood of being denied or admitted. This year, interview invitations will be extended in two blocks of Rounds One and Two rather than on a rolling basis, as we’ve done in the previous years.

After the preliminary review, all the applications are send for a second, and more comprehensive review considering all the elements – including transcripts, test scores, work experience, essays and recommendations.

Next, the whole application file, including the interview report of those who interviewed, is evaluated by our associate directors who then make preliminary decisions on each candidate. The Admissions Committee meets weekly during the admissions period to calibrate decisions and discuss select files. All application decisions are then again reviewed by the admissions director to make sure of the class quality and diversity (e.g., work experience, academic background, career goals, etc.). Thereafter, the dean finally reviews and signs off on the decisions.

BizSchoolPrep Comments:

  • First few things to get checked - GMAT/GPA/work experience, etc. Stats seem important at this stage. Do use optional essay to explain any failing grade, etc.
  • Applications are reviewed twice, at minimum. Hence, do not get worried thinking one person's perspective (who is in a bad mood) will break your application!
  • The application reading process may be a little random so do not try too hard to find a coorelation between the submitted date to the interview invite date with that of your friend.
  • Do not submit an incomplete application. Period.

School Stats -

Stephen M. Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Street
Room E2540
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Admissions: 734-763-5796
Apply Online:

2011-2012 Tuition & Fees: $95,694 (resident)
Tuition & Fees: $105,694 (non-resident)
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $137,448 (resident)
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $147,448 (non-resident)

Median GMAT: 710
GMAT Range: 650-750
Average GPA: 3.40
Acceptance Rate: 32%
Full-Time Enrollment: 1,046
International: 33%
Female: 31%
African American: 6%
Asian American: 26%
Hispanic or Latino American: 6%
Mean Age: 28

Median Base Salary: $103,000
Median Signing Bonus: $20,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 83%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 85%
Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,537,508
* Bloomberg Business Week reported,2010
Source: Collected from internet/clearadmit/Poets&Quants

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